A tail worth noting

By Connie Orcutt • Published: February 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

If you’re a cat lover, then this is a tale worth noting. New research may just change the way your fabulous feline is vaccinated.

We know that a small percentage of cats develop cancer at vaccination sites. Vaccinations are still extremely important, because infectious diseases cause many more deaths than the cancer. But for the cats that develop this type of cancer, treatment means removal of all affected tissue, which can sometimes mean a leg amputation.

University of Florida veterinary researchers appear to have discovered a solution. They’ve found that cats develop effective immunity if vaccinated in the tip of the tail, where surgery would be less radical if cancer develops. Injections in the new site are also easy to perform and well tolerated by cats, according to the researchers.